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As part of the Mark Twain Prize celebration, Dave Chappelle and friends made a surprise appearance at the DC Improv. Watch more of the performance in the full show on PBS:

To learn more about Dave's comedy history in DC, watch District of Chappelle:

An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was given at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy.

Dave Chappelle is an internationally recognized stand-up comedian and actor whose trademark wit and sharp, irreverent social commentary explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics, and fame. Arguably the most-touring comic on the circuit, Chappelle has performed more than 1,600 concerts worldwide in the past four years, selling out shows within minutes of their announcements.

Dave Chappelle could always make people laugh. Once he realized the power of his natural talent, he set some ambitious goals for his art. As a 14-year-old student at Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Chappelle crafted his stand-up comedy act out of the realities of his life growing up Black in the nation's capital.

The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist and creator of memorable characters, Samuel Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled and outraged many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly. He revealed the great truth of humor when he said "against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."

The inaugural Mark Twain Prize was presented to Richard Pryor during the first annual Kennedy Center Celebration of American Humor, October 20, 1998. The event was created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and John Schreiber and is televised annually. The Kennedy Center is grateful to Cappy McGarr for his steadfast support of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor since its inception. Previous recipients of the Mark Twain include Richard Pryor (1998), Jonathan Winters (1999), Carl Reiner (2000), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Bob Newhart (2002), Lily Tomlin (2003), Lorne Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), Bill Cosby (2009, rescinded in 2018) Tina Fey (2010), Will Ferrell (2011), Ellen DeGeneres (2012), Carol Burnett (2013) Jay Leno (2014), Eddie Murphy (2015), Bill Murray (2016), David Letterman (2017), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2018).

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MADDOH 1 day ago

Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.

purple tea 2 days ago

Dave has lost it now. Go and fade like the sunset Dave. We are tired of your tirades

Iunderstan Photography 3 days ago

I just saw Dave Chappelle live in Philly and he has really gone to another level. Now we are at the point where listening to Dave talk is as amazing as his comedy sets.

Years ago, Dave returned to the stage, playing in smaller clubs after his hiatus from Chappelle Show, I remember people writing online that all he did was talk on stage, and they thought it was boring. They didn't know what they had

TTT TTT 3 days ago

0:41 that's way too much leg on show

Russell Gilbert 4 days ago

That was DEEP, y'all.

Kevin Muldoon 4 days ago

Is that Ric Flair in the front row?

ROB-IN-PHILLY 6 days ago

Google; "Real" and it's Dave getting his MT award...:)......................Not sure if that's true, but it should be. DAVE CHAPPELLE FOR PRESIDENT 2020!

Cool Runnings 1911 6 days ago

He looks like the guy who plays J.J. from Good Times. They look like father and son.

Sweet G 7 days ago

I wish I could get back my signed dvd from Dave, it was the best night! 🤩🤩
☮ and 💜 Dave ♡ Candy !!

Dj Short circit 1 week ago

Dave, I love you Man....
I was a kid when your show came out.... Youve helped me in ways you didnt even intend to, not gay tho... Sorry but youre not my type... See... You dont have a pussy...
Anyway..... Your comedy helped distract me from the drama going on around me, I thank you for the funny. I even looked your ass up in the past in those 90's atire .... Damn near Eddie Murphy status😶
Without all the leather though. 😅
Then you disappeared again... 😒
Happy you came back. Even more happy to see all the new shit!!!! If you ever feel like dying, go out like george Carlin, doing the shit that you enjoy... Or just talking shit whatever makea you feel better.

aundrea dalrymple 1 week ago

Thanks for comen back, your are totally precious. I loved what you did for your Mom. Loved what she did for u.

Dmix remix 1 week ago

Okay, I'm going to do it.

Mel Jordan Iii 1 week ago

Dave's style includes the true power of free thinking over speech. He talks, like a friend you know sharing his day with you. That one on one approach, makes it seems to matter most.

James 1 week ago

I met this dude a long time ago in Detroit a couple years after Chappelle's show ended.. the coolest. Dapped me up and everything.. its 2020, I haven't missed a single show he's done in Detroit and I hope I never do.. I know he's a comedian, but listening to him talk, for me is like listening to the Dalai lama or some shit. Despite my profile photo, I'm a black dude so it's easy to relate to the shit he says and anyone who thinks this this man promotes hate is ignorant, sensitive as hell, and should look up the definition of "joke". Yes, T's.. I mean you...

Zach Van Harris JR 1 week ago

Comedian is the only job you know where you can use EVERYTHING you know. And EVERYTHING you think.